Kintsugi living blog — joy

Do you know what brings you joy?

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Do you know what brings you joy?

© 2013 Oliver Schmidt, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio As children, most of us had no problem knowing exactly what brought us joy, and we had no hesitation pursuing those things that we found joyful—often to the chagrin of our parents who were faced with cleaning up the resulting messes we created. As adults, we seldom have the freedom to engage with abandon in things that bring us joy due to our responsibilities, but even when we have the opportunity to do so, too many of us don't even know what would bring us joy anymore! I see this...

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The end of the world is a new beginning

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The end of the world is a new beginning

© 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio When I'm in the middle of a time when life seems to be crashing down around my ears, it often feels like the end of the world. And it is often the end of my world as I have known it so far. It's easy for my thoughts to get stuck in an unending loop that focuses only on the endings. My life (or world) is ending. Everything is crashing and burning. My whole life is falling apart. And to some degree, every single one of those thoughts...

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Detachment: Living with open hands

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Detachment: Living with open hands

A bird in the hand is worth ... by laughingbird, on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons licensing. I first encountered the idea of detachment in reading Buddhist thought many years ago. I remember feeling rather put off by the whole idea. My concept of detachment at the time involved a total lack of emotion, of caring, or involvement with anyone or anything. It sounded to me like a bland and empty way to live, and I couldn't imagine how that could be beneficial to anyone. I could see how it might erase the pain, but it seemed to me that...

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